US holds off Kiwis with America's Cup win
Oracle Team USA (L) and Emirates Team New Zealand compete during the 34th America's Cup on September 22, 2013 in San Francisco.
The Americans crossed the start nearly even with challenger Emirates Team New Zealand but forced them to a side of the course and then darted around the first gate ahead.
Oracle proved slighty quicker, out-maneuvering the Kiwis to extend the lead as the course split at the second mark with the America's heading toward Alcatraz Island and New Zealand going toward the San Francisco waterfront.
The Kiwis press hard in the pivotal upwind third leg, pulling within 25 meters at times, but the American's fended off the advances.
Oracle crossed the finish 23 seconds ahead of the Kiwis.
New Zealand needs just one more win in the best-of-17 regatta to wrest the cup from the hands of billionaire yachtsman Larry Ellison, owner of the US team.
The USA needs five more wins to retain the Cup.
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